Former Ambassador to Syria
Basil Eastwood CMG
A retired diplomat who spent much of his career in the Middle East
Born 1944. BA (Oxford) (Arabic with Turkish)
Entered HM Diplomatic Service 1966.
Posted to Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Germany, Sudan, Greece, then
Director of Research and Analysis, Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1991-6
Ambassador to Syria 1996-2000
Ambassador to Switzerland 2001-2004
Founder Chairman of Cecily’s Fund 1998-2008 (This is a UK charity enabling Zambian children orphaned by AIDS to go to school – see cecilysfund.org), Chairman of its International Advisory Panel 2008-date and regular visitor to Zambia.
Chairman, Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust 2012-17
Married. 4 daughters (1 dec’d)
Assembly Member and Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh Government
Chairman, UN Association of the UK
Professor of Physics, Imperial College London
CEO, Health Education England